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Storm damage across East Texas


Flash floods took over several streets in Athens, TX as a line of storms moved into East Texas Tuesday night. A designated flood area had high and fast moving water near Trinity Valley Community College in Athens.

In Tyler, heavy rain and some small hail fell. As the storms moved through the East Texas, calls started coming in about damage in our area.

Wind peeled back part of Upshur Rural Electric's roof in Gilmer causing water damage to the company's auditorium. Upshur Rural Electric says they cut electricity to half of their own building but the damage to their business is not affecting any of their customers.

Trees cut through power lines and landed on a house in Whitehouse. No one was injured by the trees but first responders had to wait for the power company to arrive before starting any cleanup.

"All the county's got a lot of damage in it. We're not quite sure when that's going to happen, when they're going to get here, so until we know it's not a live line we can't really do much except block off the street," said John Wolcott with the Whitehouse Fire Department.

Officials had a similar situation on Tuesday night in Longview at Balsom and Wainwright street and also on Cheryl Street in Longview where a tree was leaning on a power line.

"This front moved in and a tree fell down right top of my family's home and my power lines," says Matthew Kidwell, who watched the tree fall.

No one at Kidwell's house was seriously injured. He says he hopes everyone else with damage to their home can say the same.

No serious injuries have been reported from Tuesday night's storms. Firefighters say it will take several hours to clean up all of the downed trees because they have to wait for power companies to make sure no power lines are still live.

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